Erika Bachiochi

Fellow

EPPC Fellow Erika Bachiochi is a legal scholar specializing in Equal Protection jurisprudence, feminist legal theory, Catholic social teaching, and sexual ethics. She is also a Senior Fellow at the Abigail Adams Institute in Cambridge, MA, where she founded and directs the Wollstonecraft Project. Her newest book, The Rights of Women: Reclaiming a Lost Vision, was published by Notre Dame University Press in 2021.

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EPPC Fellow Erika Bachiochi is a legal scholar specializing in Equal Protection jurisprudence, feminist legal theory, Catholic social teaching, and sexual ethics. A 2018 visiting scholar at Harvard Law School, she is also a Senior Fellow at the Abigail Adams Institute in Cambridge, MA, where she founded and directs the Wollstonecraft Project. Her newest book, The Rights of Women: Reclaiming a Lost Vision, was published by Notre Dame University Press in 2021, and was named a finalist for the Intercollegiate Studies Institute’s 2022 Conservative Book of the Year award.

Ms. Bachiochi’s essays have appeared in publications such as the Harvard Journal of Law and Public PolicyChristian Bioethics (Oxford University), The New York Times, The AtlanticFirst Things, CNN.com, National Review OnlineNational AffairsClaremont Review of Books, SCOTUSblog, and Public Discourse. Particularly noteworthy are law review articles, “Embodied Equality: Debunking Equality Protection Arguments for Abortion Rights” (2011) and “A Putative Right in Search of a Constitutional Justification: Understanding Planned Parenthood v Casey’s Equality Rationale and How It Undermines Women’s Equality” (2017). She is the editor of two books, Women, Sex & the Church: A Case for Catholic Teaching (Pauline Books & Media, 2010) and The Cost of “Choice”: Women Evaluate the Impact of Abortion (Encounter Books, 2004).

Ms. Bachiochi is an occasional contributor to Mirror of Justice and serves on the Advisory Boards of the Common Good Project, the Catholic Women’s Forum, the Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum, St. Thomas More Academy (South Bend), and EthicsFinder. She is a co-founder of St. Benedict Classical Academy in Natick, Massachusetts where she served as President of the Board from 2013-2015.

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The Troubling Ideals at the Heart of Abortion Rights

Erika Bachiochi

Equality premised on the power to end life is not true equality at all.

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The Atlantic / January 24, 2020

In Trump’s Court Pick, Who Won?

Erika Bachiochi

Should the President have another chance, and should that chance come in the form of the retirement of an aged Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, President Trump should pull the trigger and nominate Amy Coney Barrett.

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CNN / July 10, 2018

A Putative Right in Search of a Constitutional Justification: Understanding Planned Parenthood v. Casey’s Equality…

Erika Bachiochi

The justices’ concerns about women’s equality are the key interpretative lens through which to understand the controversial reaffirmance of Roe v. Wade, but one which has been inadequately explored and critiqued on the part of those critical of Planned Parenthood v. Casey.

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Quinnipiac Law Review / November 15, 2017

Reflections on My Time in Rome as a Speaker at the Conference Commemorating Popularum Progressio

Erika Bachiochi

The Church must prioritize the health and strength of every marriage – for who else in the world right now knows how important each and every marriage is to the development of persons and of nations?

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Mirror of Justice blog / April 6, 2017

I’m a Feminist Against Abortion. Why Exclude Me from a March for Women?

Erika Bachiochi

An authentic women’s movement—one that properly extols human dignity, care, and non-violence—must be unabashedly pro-life.

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CNN / January 18, 2017

Families, Schools, and Churches: The Building Blocks of a Healthy Social Ecology

Erika Bachiochi

To create a society in which human beings can flourish, we must support child-raising families, schools that intentionally cultivate the intellectual and moral virtues, and local church communities.

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The Public Discourse / January 18, 2017

Safeguarding the Conditions for an Authentic Human Ecology

Erika Bachiochi

If we are to safeguard the moral conditions for an authentic human ecology we must take far more seriously the care, nurture, and cultivation of children and young people in virtue.

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The Public Discourse / January 17, 2017

Embodied Caregiving

Erika Bachiochi

Modern thought has largely neglected dependency, instead touting individual autonomy and rational self-interest. If we are to recover the human person’s proper relationship with others, we must turn to thinkers who give dependency its due.

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Is Hellerstedt this Generation’s Roe?

Erika Bachiochi

There is no question that the Supreme Court’s decision yesterday in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt is a win for abortion clinics and their doctors. Whether the decision is a victory for women and for liberty, we ought not be so sure.

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SCOTUSblog / June 28, 2016

Rendering the Sexed Body Legally Invisible: How Transgender Law Hurts Women

Erika Bachiochi

The gross misappropriation of executive power to utterly remake the meaning of very basic legal terms threatens not only the structure of our government, it threatens the rule of law itself. This distortion of legal language is a particular threat to laws concerning women.

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The Public Discourse / May 26, 2016

Abortion and the Supreme Court’s Misguided Notions of ‘Autonomy’

Erika Bachiochi

It is high time that the Court abandon the fiction that abortion serves women’s dignity and equality.

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National Review Online / March 1, 2016

A Matter of Interpretation

Erika Bachiochi

As the nation grieves the passing of a great jurist, it’s worth taking a close look at the precise contours of Justice Scalia’s towering contribution to statutory and constitutional interpretation.

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Mirror of Justice / February 17, 2016